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Post-Exam Information

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2024 Specialty Qualifying Exam Results Information

  • The results of the 2024 Specialty Qualifying Examination will be reported on each candidate's ABOG portal by the last Friday of October 2024, unless ABOG has not received a Residency Training Affidavit completed by the current Program Director.
  • ABOG will provide the candidate their scaled test score in addition to the result of “pass” or “fail.” Each candidate, regardless of whether they pass or fail, will be provided with the percent scored in each of the major topic areas.
  • The cut-point for passing the Qualifying Examination is determined each year after psychometric evaluation of the results.
  • As part of the application process, the applicant will be required to irrevocably agree that the results of the applicant’s Qualifying Examination may be made available to the Program Director of any residency program in which the applicant may have participated or in which the applicant is currently involved, and/or the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for any and all purposes.
  • The candidate will also be given the opportunity to release their scaled score on the examination to their current program director. Furthermore, the applicant will be required to release and agree to indemnify and hold the ABOG and its officers, directors, and employees harmless of and from any and all claims the applicant may have with regard to the effect or impact upon the applicant of the release of the applicant’s examination results to the applicant’s Program Director or the ACGME and waive any rights the applicant may have, if any, to have the examination results maintained in confidence. 
  • A passing result on the Qualifying Examination does not ensure a candidate’s admissibility to the Certifying Examination, nor does it allow the use of the term “Board Eligible.” 
  • Since ABOG utilizes many quality control procedures to ensure exams are scored accurately and there is no record of incorrect scoring at ABOG with the Qualifying Examinations, ABOG does not accept rescore requests. This includes, but is not limited to, rescoring of the exam, review of exam content, reconsideration of a correct response, reconsideration of the passing standard, and/or consideration of the acceptability of testing conditions.

  • Candidates who are scheduled to take the Qualifying Examination but do not do so, as well as candidates who do not pass the examination and who wish to repeat the examination, must complete a new application on the ABOG website and pay a new fee.
  • It is necessary for each applicant to meet the requirements in effect the year the application is submitted. These requirements can be found in the Bulletin for the year the application is submitted. The re-applicant must complete the application process before the applicable deadline.

ABOG won't accept appeals from candidates seeking to challenge:

  • The content of the exam
  • The sufficiency or accuracy of the answers to exam questions
  • The scoring of the exam
  • The cut score used to determine the passing grade for the exam

A complaint concerning any other matter of the Qualifying Exam should be addressed to the ABOG Executive Director of the Associate Executive Director in charge of examinations. Email exams@abog.org to submit a complaint.

All certificates by ABOG after 1986 are:

  1. Time-limited
  2. Remain only in effect if the diplomate participates in and successfully completes a continuous certification (also known as Maintenance of Certification) process each year

If you're an Active Candidate - meaning you've passed the Qualifying Exam but haven't yet taken the Certifying Exam - you are not required to participate in the Maintenance of Certification process.